The disciples had been with Christ, and seen him pray. They had learnt to understand something of the connection between his wondrous life in public, and his secret life of prayer. They had learnt to believe in him as a master in the art of prayer -- none could pray like him. And so they came to him with the request, 'Lord, teach us to pray'. And in after years they would have told us that there were few things more wonderful or blessed that he taught them than his lessons on prayer.